|Knit and Felted coasters|
I had a small stash of handspun yarn, my first 2 ply yarn. The ply was loose, and not really usable for a knitting project. I stashed it...
Later, when browsing through simple knitting patterns, I saw my first knit and felt pattern. Coasters knitted from wool yarn, and then felted.
I decided it would be a great project for my "stash of unusable handspun wool yarn".
My first coasters did not get the shrinkage, anticipated. My Border Leicester wool did not shrink to half in size as did the wool in the pattern. All was not lost, I now had two sets of felted hot pads.
I still had some more stash, so I scaled down the pattern, figuring in the shrinkage, and ended up with a set of coasters as well.
The hot pads gets used all of the time!
I had some balls of leftover handspun yarn and decided to make a couple more hotpads.
No pattern was used, I kept it simple.
I knit in a garter stitch (all knit stitches) With the yarn I was using, I figured in about 25 shrinkage in width, and 40 percent in length.
|handspun, walnut dyed, Border Leicester wool yarn|
When felting, I just use the washing machine. To save on hot water, I threw them in with a load of dryer balls, I was making. After the second wash, they had felted down to where I wanted them to be. If I wanted no knit stitches to show, I could wash again.
By felting you take a knitted item, and make it more durable (great for hot pads, bags, etc) It also gives your knits a completely new look.
It also hides mistakes (in knitting and handspinning) I was able to take my unusable handspun and make something useful. Win-Win!
|Knit and Felted Hot pads|
They wouldn't win any beauty contest, but they work like a charm!
Here is a site that has several felted hot pad tutorials/patterns. Ravelry is another great place to find patterns.
Hot Pad Patterns